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THE NATIONAL BflNKOFfl?QUSTA
L. C. HATNK, Pree't P. G. FORD, Cashier.
Until vided IT..il ts } ?110,000.
Facilities of oar magnificent New Vault
containing 410 Safety-Lock Boxes. Differ
ent falzes aro offered to our patrons and
tue public at $3.00 to $10.00 per annum..
AU (i? ST A, GA.
L. C. Hayne,
Chas. C. Howard.
EDGEFIELD, S. G.. WEDNESDAY. JULY 2. 1902
^ By OWEN
That scar? You see only the end of
it Fortunately by wearing a high
collar I can just conceal it; but it ex
tends from the neck (close by the jugu
lar vein, too, my boy) down over the
shoulder quite to the breastbone.
A tiger did that-a royal Bengal
and a beauty he was, I tell you. You
can see the skin any day in my married
sister's sitting room.
But it's a story quite worth the tell
ing, and it has a fuuuy side, too, that
was thought quite woru repetition ot
the time in the English papers, though
they did not get at the inside facts of
It was the period of the hot season
stagnation when we were in the con
sular service at Madias, you know.
The English society (including the
few Americans there) were doing little
else than to sleep and yawn to pass the
But everybody, the men especially,
were galvanized into excitement when
the news came that a ticer had car
ried off first a woman and then a child
during the previous week from a sta
tion about fifteen miles in the interior
at the foot of the mountains.
Time was when this would have been
a sort, of cvery-day announcement in
? India; but of late years these monsters
had been killed off except far in the
interior wilderness, and it had already
become a rare event for one of these
royal fellows to issue from his jungle
At any rate, things had got to such a
pass of mental torpidity that we need
ed only the slightest straw to grasp at
for the sake of excitement.
In half an hour a hunt had been
agreed upon, and servants were fiying
everywhere about the town to arrange
the details and secure accessories, such
as teams and wagons, native porters
and beaters, and in the cool of the
evening fifteen or twenty gentlemen ,
sportsmen wero engaged in oiling gun
lochs, swabbing out rifle barrels and
preparing generally for the morrow's
It was just dawn the following morn
ing when .ve started-a curious caval
cacte of fifty or more, in which the
white faces were largely in the minor
ity. Some were on horseback, some in
carts drawn by bullocks, which, in that
country, were very different from what
are known as such at home.
About a mile from Madras there was
a little bungalow, commanding a view
of the sea, which had become a sert
of house of public entertainment, popu
lar with the better class of residents as
a resort for tiffins aud such little ex
cursions as we would call picnics.
We had hardly entered thi
when a silvery feminine laugh
.Qur.-ear^ cqminc, Oi>ni-ihe"dire
the native ncuse.
The major, beside whom I 1
ing, perceptibly started at th?
and glanced at mc. I in turn
inquiringly at him.
"Don't you recognize the vol
"No, I cau't say I do,' ? answered.
"Whose is it? Surely'urns of mine
host Singh's family have such a sweet
"I should say not, decidedly!" as
sented the major. "But I must be
wrong if you don't recognize it-I
thought it for all the world like Miss
I could not help looking quickly and
keenly at the major. Miss Bradford
.was ray sister and the major had cer
tainly been very attentive to her dur
ing the few months of their acquaint
If he could recognize her voice in an
Indian jungle when her brother failed
to do so there must be something ser
ious on the carpet.
I therefore had a peculiar interest in
the development of the next few mo
"It is positively cruel of you!" said
another and petulant voice. "You
make no allowance for my extremely
sensitive organization. But I simply
cannot go back over that road; the
mere thought of it is killing! Hark!
don't you hear something creeping out
from the grove?" and there arose a
shrill scream which became hysterical
as it seemed to diminish as if the femi
nine speaker had flown into the cot
She had doubtless heard us breaking
through the thicket, and in an instant
the head of our calvacade came in* full
view of the place, and. there sitting
calmly on a seat before Che door under
the overhanging boughs and looking
expectantly but undismayed towards us
"You here!" I exclaimed, really sur
prised. "And Miss Blithedale, too; I
need not ask that." I said, glancing at
an open parasol of flaming cherry that
lay a few feet away on the ground
where the fair and nervous owner had
dropped it in her flight
Tnat parasol! In defiance of all the
scientists from Ben Franklin down,
Miss Blithedale must needs import
from the west a sunshade of the color
of which above all others reflected
least the rays of that very orb.
This she imperturbably carried, a
"shining mark for derisive jokes, or,
perhaps as an incentive to well-born
subaltern bachelors in the arena of
love, she thc matador and they the
"How penetrating you are!" was my
sister's ironical reply. "Major, you
are just in time. Miss Blithedale has
just declared that she will not return
to town without the escort of the whole
garrison-or of Major Gallanton, per
The major looked almost pained at
this allusion in the dead set that Miss
Blithedale had been making at him to
every one's amusement.
"And so," my sister continued brisk
ly, "you have all your hunt for noth
ing! The royal quarry seems to know
something about flank movements and
strategy as well as your own gallant
"Really, I don't understand, Miss
Bradford," said the puzzled soldier.
"What is all this about escorts and
flank movements! Ah, Miss Blithe
dale," as that lady appeared, apparent
ly nerved again to a welcome encoun
er >wi:.*a the major; "this is a most
IY PARASOL. \
charming coincidence. But explain,
please, Miss Bradford."
Then my sister narrated as follows:
The two ladies in question, bored to
death at the absence of the only ob
ject of interest-thc men-had decided
on a little expedition of their own.
They had hired one of the native
"jaunting cars,"-as we call them, with
its zebu team and native driver, aud
stowing a luncheon hamper in the
"boot," had driven out before the noon
day heat for the "park."
Already in sight of the grove, they
had ben horrified to see the sudden
appearance of a great tiger, who step
ped out from the undergrowth beside
the road, disclosing his superb propor
tions and brilliant coloring as he first
gazed curiously towards them and then
lowered his head and began to stalk
after them in long strides.
Miss Blithedale uttered a terrified
shriek, the driver, turning, saw the
beast, and wild with fear, first whipped
up his bullocks and then incontinently
fled into the jungle.
Meanwhile in the same moments, my
sister had been equally appalled. But
Belle is a girl of pretty strong nerves,
as you may know, and though white
with fear, she uttered no cry but silent
ly if wildly looked around for a wea
There was no- e, of course-but stay!
the cherry parasol! She snatched it
from the nerveless hands of her com
panion, opened it witu a vicious snap,
and thrust it sheer into the face of the
beast, who was not four feet away.
At the same time she closed her eyes i
from sudden faintness but recovering j
instantly she looked again and-he was j
gone! She could just see the tail dis- j
appearing rapidly as he crawled among ?
the leaves in dire fright.
Without an instant's hesitation my
sister sprang to the "box," whipped up
the slow bullocks, drove the few rods
to the bungalow' with Miss Blithedale
clinging tc her and alternately moan
ing and screeching, as we learned in
That was five hours before; Miss
Blithedale had absolutely refused to
return with the cowardly native driver,
who had arrived before them, and my
sister had laughingly vowed that in
that case she would go back alone, ask
ing no better protection than thc cherry i
"You have revolutionized thc tiger
hunt for the future. Miss Bradford,"
said the major, with his eyes full o? ad
miration at the tale which my sister
told so lightly and laughingly as to
rob it of any traca nf asotism. "Herc
_, LUV v.iii/ij-iianut-U
We started back tu town and joking
ly made a gi ?at sko.w of surrounding
the car as a protection on every side.
But it turned out to be no joke.
When half way back (the major and
myself riding beside the car;, there
arose frightened cries ahead, and the
leaders of the calvacade came tumbling
back upon us in the wildest fear.
The major and I dashed to the front.
There in the middle of the road Btood
his kingship, glaring at the procession
with blazing eyes.
We flung ourselves from our horses,
unslung our rifles and-he had been
creeping slowly towards us; now he
sprang at me just as the major's rifle
The bullet could not stop his advance.
I felt a terrible shock as the tiger fell
at my feet with outstretched claws.
One paw dug into my neck as he de
scended, and tore down over my breast
deep through my clothing and into the
flesh, pulling me down with terrific
force upon his own body.
I sprang to my feet and saw that he
The major's shot true to the mark,
between the eyes had caught him in
As he lay there the type of ferocious
beauty and brute power, we all mar
veled that such a magnificient beast
should have been frightened off by a
mere parasol, even though it flamed
like the fires af Aetna.
We were met at the edge of town by
a piece of news that went far to ex
plain this improbability. He had satis
fied bis hunger on a low caste Brahmin
only an hour previous to thc roadside
encounter with the ladies.
The major claimed the skin, and no
one thought of denying it to him. But
he only wanted it to present it to Belle,
and as they married the following
year, he got it back again.
My sistei, however, backed by all
her friends, made a demand on Miss
Blithedale for the cherry parasol, and
she has it yet as her peculiar trophy.
Indeed, Miss B. was quite resigned
to parting with it, as she at the same
time procured a gray scarlet jacket
that covered the noble form of Lieuten
ant the Honorable Algernon Binks, H.
M. Ninety-seventh Fusiliers.-St. Louis
The Czur'8 Ponaemuofis.
The czar's possessions in Asia em
brace more than twice as much land
as the United States proper. They are
about as large as the whole of South
America and almost twice as much as
Europe. The Russian possessions in
Central Asia alone, including the reg
ions nov/ being opened up by the
Trans-Caspian railroad, are half as
large as the whole of our country, and
the czar is now claiming the right to
all concessions in- Chinese-Turkestan,
a territory twice as big as the empire
of Germany. Siberia is 25 times as
Mg as Germany or France. It is a mil
lion square rnMes TT than Europe,
and bigger than thc United States, Cen
tral America and Mexico combine'-.
Manchuria, which is now practically
annexed to Siberia, is lugger than any
country in Eurn^e outside Russia, and
Mongolia, which will follow1 suit, ia
one-third thes ize of the United States.
ARIBS ns n nice
have ceased to ex
ist. They perished
during the recent
on St. Vincent,
Which, among all
thc islands of thc
C a r 1 b b e o s, is
unique in. natural
wonders mid beau
ties. It is com
posed lnrgely of a
single peak, risiug
from the ocean's
bed, with no out
lying islets. It is
about uinety-five miles west of Bar
badoes. Volcanic hills cross the island
from north to south, intersected by
beautiful and fertile valleys.
St. Vincent ls eighteen miles long
and eleven miles wide, and It has a
population of nearly fifty thousand
.persons. It was discovered by Colum
bus in MOS. The island is more thor
oughly English than the two ol hers
of the group. Grpat Britain obtained
sovereignty in 17S3.
Historic among thc volcanic erup
tions on the Caribbee islands was that
of the Soufri?re ("sulphur pit"); of St.
Vincent, in 1S12. Earthquakes had for
two years terrified dwellers on the
South American coast and the West
Indian Islands. In March of that year
an earthquake buried ten thousand
souls at Caracas, spread ruin along
the line of the Andes, and ended in the
outburst from the Soufri?re, which j i
altered the appearance of thc island . <
and destroyed its eastern end. I
The Soufri?re is situated at the nor;h- ? l
MONT TELEE IN EUUPTION.
ern extremity of the island, and is
404S feet high. It is the last of a
mountain chain which was called
Morne a Garou by the natives. Baron 1
Humboldt states that it had
out flames In 171S.
Willie ..>.......<. -.
tinged with a light blue Hame.
Evergreens, flowers and arc
shrubs clothed the steep sides c
crater, which sent, as the first
cation of the eruption of April
tremulous noise in the air. A s
concussion of the earth followed
then a column of thick black .
burst from the crater.
Volumes of sand darkened thc
and woods, ridges and cane l'taccs
covered with light gray ashes, .
speedily destroyed all vegetation,
sun for three days seemed to bc
total eclipse, the sea was disco'
and the ground bore a wintry ;?? .
ance from the crust of fallen ash?,
Carib natives who lived at M
Rond fled from their houses to Ki
ton. As the third day drew to a <
flames sprang pyrainidically from
crater, accompanied by loud thin
and electric flashes, which rent
column of smoke hanging over
Eruptive matter pouring from
northwest side plunged over the '
carrying down rocks and woods in
course. This, island was shaken bj
earthquake and beaten by shower?
cinders and stones, which set hot
on fire and killed negroes and na th
Northeast of the original crater
the Soufri?re a new one was fora
which was a half mile in diann
and five hundred feet deep. The .
crater was transformed into a beau
ful blue lake, walled in by ragged eli:
to a height of eight hundred feet
was considered a wonder worth see ?i
The "Carib country" of St. Vine i
included nearly all the districts iu il
STREET 3CENL H
! north iu which the soil was either Kio
j thin or the surface too rugged.for t'jc
I cultivation of the great staple of the
I West Indies-sugar cane.
Of ali the millions ?f Indians difc
Fred. A. Ober
f the Caribs, the Native
terminated by the Eruption
covered by Columbus, his contempor
nrlcs aud Immediate successors, in the
islands of thc West Indies, no descend
ants remain on earth to-day save -the
Caribs, these forlorn remnants of a
once great family in the two islands
of Dominica and St. Vincent.
The north part of St. Vincent, then,
being mountainous in tne main, inac
cessible by good roads and unfit for
the cultivation of cane, was set aside
l'or the Carib Indians by treaty when
LA SOUFRIERE, THE VOLCAi
DEATPi AfSP DESTRUCTION
Hie English took possession of jjtne
island. When, howwur, it was^jtls
..overed that the arrow-root conldlbe
n-ofitably cultivated ou thc slope's'of I
he hills and in many fertile pockets
dong the ravine-scarred ridges of ?he
jrent volcano, their reservation^whs
;radually encroached upon, until they
ivere finally compressed within -the
.onlines ut" two rather restricted?T?
,'?ui?s between thc groat Soufri?re, or
;ulj)liur, mountain-thc volcano-ami
bc northern coast.
St. Vincent is celebrated for iis.nr
?ow-root, which at one time Was a
airly profil a hie cultivation, bnt^pf
ale bas not been remunerative. Tbe
'uribs lived in palm-thatched hms,
milt their own arrow-root mills, w??ch
rere run by water power, preparedfeje
oil, carefully cultivated the roots and
vere very skilful and intelligent faym- j
rs. Th ev -'
to the many excellent traits of these
people, now departed forever.
LONGEST BEARD IM THE WORLD
Beard IO Feet io i-2 Inches-Mustache o
Yard and a Half LOUR.
Jean Coulon needs n shave mort
badly than any other living mnn. Il
his strength lay in the length of his
hair, this Frenchman would bc a verj
Hercules. His beard measures ten
feet ten and one-half inches in length,
while his mustache is over a yard und
a half long. Of course he has taker
his time to cultivate those amazing
adornments, as you may gather from
the fact that he is seventy-six years of
age. He is very proud of them, and
this ls perhaps one reason among many
why he does not permit the vulgar
to gaze on his grandeur every day of
the week. The Inhabitants of Montlu
con, iu the department of Allier, where
SO WMIC? MAS BROUGHT
UPON 5T- VINCENT
Conlon resides, are very proud of him,
and by way of acknowledging I heit
appreciation tho man with unlimited
beard exhibits his luxurious growth to
all and sundry who care to conic and
see him any .Sunday. Indeed, it may
be said that for him the Sabbath is
scarcely a day of rest, for when not on
view bc is carefully dressing his a max
ing appendage and mustache. During
the week he rolls his beard iu a ?or?
that he may bc able to go
occupation thc more cou
Kcfsources or Palestino.
i mining engineer traveling : 1
. has written to the Kirch- j
Ische Blatter to tho effect ?
hat mineral treasures have j
in the country that an in- j
; kening is assured. As yet, !
;. voling is very unsafe. The j
ii ?sits lie on both sides of
M and the Dead Sea. Ol j
ii ks the salt deposits of thc j
.ould alone be developed j
. ensivc industry, but that, j
lo them, there aro the ultu? i
lk springs of Neb! Musa, j
ain from twenty to forty I
of asphalt. However, lie i
most important of all are i
s of phosphates. There are ?
elds of these, he says, to j
id west of the Jordan, only j
transportation facilities for |
us Philippine Bullets.
lily of the Filipino to un- j
at accuracy of bullet flight
thing to be sought in rifle |
unit for thc many wierd j
hy which the insurgents j
ncrease the deadliness of i
is nt the expense of unor
?oy will, in n fiendish do- j
. ? bullet that will cruelly]
's body, produi t' - iis.-ile j
.ly always be counted o.i '
rget. says the Anny am1.
. Instead of aiming J
gilt (hey waste their cn- \
ls lo add peculiar lacer- ;
o their bullets.
or Word Gringo,
ringo," which Mexicans
leans when speaking of i
'tempt, is said to have i
hus: During the Mexi- :
ar our soldiers got into j
lng thc simple Mexican j
they look prisoners !
iiguify their ignorance j
neral. and ol* military j
y. Tho Mexicans re- ;
diing the Americans j
this word finally dc I
ic know the origin of
viuoon;" but it really j
tile old Teutonic cus- .
Imnoy-wine (.hydromel) 1
after marriage. It is
the Hun died fror.i '
?', iking "an, enormous
oiucl at his marriage
ave a li.'.'?H purse than
iut more comfortable
Exercise Care In S pru y in jr.
Care should be exercised in the use
of poisoned solutions for spraying, a3
many insects that are friends of the
farmer may bc ?Vstroyed. Bees have
been exterminated in some sections by
spraying, though something depends
upon the kinds of plants sprayed.
How l'ljt? Ar? Lout.
More pigs are lost in tho Bummer
season from improper feeding than
from any other cause. They are com
pelled to consume foods that arc not
conducive to thrift, and which l<*ad
to disease in the herds. Some leaders
keep slop In barrels, which ferments
until sour, hav'ng a very disagreeable
odor, the pig., being fid largely upon
the slop. This kind of food is more in
jurious in summer than in winter, as it
induces bowel disease. The best slop
is milk and bran, freshly made, with
grass, vegetables and plenty of pure
water, which will indues growth and
keep the pigs in good condition.
Corn Stalks na j? ?'erliliznr.
In regard to burning cornstalks
merely to get rid of them, as I see a
great many fanners doing. I will say
don't do it; it doesn't pay. Some think
they cannot plough them under so as to
cultivate. The trouble is they don't use
the right implement on the ground ant!
they do not plough deep enough. I use
a good stalk ct:tt.?r, then cross with a
tfibk, and afterward have no trouble
with stalks, ard I find them a benefit
lo the ground, especially where the
lard is never manured on': year after
mother. If every farmer would plough
his stalks under it would profit him
by enriching the ground.-I. A. Miller,
in New York Tribune.
Homemade Brooder Coop.
A homemade brooder coop was fixed
ip to take care of some chicks in an
ther brooder. It was a box 3x5 feet,
IO inches deep at eaves and IS inches at
"idge. Legs G inches long were put un
ler it to keep the floor off thc ground t
o avoid dampness. Ventilation was >
>rovided for by holes bored in ends j
lear the ridge. A section of the roof c
vas made reraovrable so that the box t
s easily cleaned. Dry sand and a small a
luantity of air-slaked lime were scat- t
ered over thc floor. It was white- \
'/ashed inside and out. It was cleaned s
ind fresh sand and lime given once a s
veek. As it was only for use with r
nonth-old chicks and during warm t
weather, no artificia; heat was neces- ?
?ary-Mrs. C. G. Ford, in New Eng- c
and Homestead. ?
Are took a chicken feather with a long I
juill, cut it thc right length, pushed
?Ut the pith, and opened the pointed
md. We greased it well with anti
?eptic witch hazel salve and inserted t
t into the Leat, pushing it up past the t
rut. and letting it protrude a little at c
he bottom. We dressed the cat with i
he salve morning and evening, and in ;
i week were milking the cow again. i
The quill allowed the teat to heal with- j
>ut closing up the milk passage, and ?
'Mowed the milk to escape. We have ?
since known to several cows that <
kvero saved by our plan; we also know
af a neighbor's cow that lost two teats
from a similar injury, when she might ?
have been saved if the owner had only
known how-Mrs. M. C. Downing, in
Spraying In the Fprlnff.
Tho spray calendar, which has been
helpful to fruit growers and farmers,
writes George C. Bute, State Horticul
turist, has just been revised by the
Pennsylvania State College Agricultur
al Experiment Station, such modifica
tions, having.been made as recent ex
perimentation warrants. - Spraying to
control fungous diseases and insect
enemies has become a fixed practice
in the best orchards and gardens. Far
mers and gardeners are becoming fam
iliar with the ordinary remedies, and
need only a simple guide to direct them
properly in making use of them. The
spray calendar serves excellently as
such a guide. In the revision the prin
cipal changes have reference to the
treatment for the San Jose scale. The
treatment so popular on the Pacific
coast, and known as the "lime, sul
phur and salt," remedy, is given. On
account of some satisfactory results in
the use of this remedy last year, it is
being employed extensively among
peach growers this spring. Thc use of
crude petroleum is also indicated '
the remedy for thc nursery ? use I
ir briefly outlined. This ; the hydro
cyanic acid gas treatment for dorment
trees by means of a specially concoct
ed fumigation house.
Many fruit growers are learning to
their sofow that they have neglected
their fruit trees too long in this mat
ter of spraying, and are now seeing
their orchards declining, because of the
permanent injury to their trees from
thc ravages of insects and fungous
foes. Some are ruined by "canker,"
some weakened by "leaf curl," while
scab and fruit rots have rendered un
salable the crops for which labor and
money were expended.
A considerable portion of the station
correspondence is to reply to patrons
that "thc twigs sent bear thc San Jose
scale." This pernicious insect is now
reported in nearly every county in
Pennsylvania, and no doubt it. is play
ing havoc in many gardens and or
chards without the owner knowing it.
The day has come when fruit grow
ers must be constantly on the lookout
for the enemies of their crops. Their
vigilance, accompanied with judicious
and timely action in forestalling loss
es, will pay them many fold. Insects
and fungous diseases new to Penn
sylvania are making their inroads up
on our territory each year. In north
western i .".antics the canker worm is
spreading southward from New York.
In the eastern counties the asparagus
rust and asparagus beetle are traveling
westward. The San Jose scale li
lipreading from many infested centres
Therefore, the progressive fruit grow
er will seek to know promptly any new
enemy that makes Its appearance with
acquaint himself with the approved
methods of fighting it
The "moth catcher" traps, which
have recently been fraudulently ad*
vertised to supplant spraying in or
chards, are meeting with condemnation
from many quarters. They cannot bo
depended-upon to catch the codlin
moth and other orchard pests, which
are now best treated with sprays of
arsenical poisons. Careful tests of the
"moth catchers" show that a large
percentage of the insects caught are
beneficial insects, which would kill
?nany more obnoxious insects than the
trap catches.-Philadelphia Record.
In handling run-down pastures 1
have had excellent results in reseeding
early in thc spring after harrowing
several times. The earlier that the
work can bt> done the better, for then
the seeds get the advantage of thc early
wet weather and make a good growth
before the midsummer. After sowing I
rolled thoroughly, so that the seeds
would be pressed firmly in the soil. The
harrowing should bs done both ways
until the top surface soil is pretty well
pulverized to give the seeds a good bed.
I should sow just before or after a rain,
l have even taken advantage of April
showers to sow the seed while the rain
was falling. If it is a dry spring soak
the s?ed beforehand. It will insure
quicker germination and growth. If
the pasture is pretty well run down,
and the soil poor in quality, I general
ly ghe it a top dressing of some good
fertilizer In which there is a good per
centage of potash. This will help to
increase the immediate growth of the
seeds. Fall seed sowing is all right,
but a good many times we fail to do
:his and we cannot wait for next year.
We need the improvement in the pas
are this season. Consequently spring
seeding like this will prove of great '
talue. We can in good seasons nearly
iouble the yield of the pasture.
Care must be taken not to turn ani
??is on the field too carly, nor to let
hem at any time crop the new grass
oo short. Such pasturing would prove
.ery costly in the end. Both spring
md fall sowing of a pasture can be
arried on. A good pasture mixture for
his work should include red clover,
ilsike clover, Kentucky blue grass, red
op and timothy. A mixture of seeds
viii always give the best results. Less
leed should be sown *.o the acre on
:pring land that has just been har
rowed than on a fi?ld whore the seed
)ed has been carefully plowed and pre
)ared for an entirely new pasture. If
?ne wishes to make a new start in this I
vay it is possible to divide the land up
*'-??? and t!ien r>w?
The Une of Trap "?its.
The advent of trap nests has been
he means of more good in poultry all
ure than any other invention of re
:t-nt years. Before its introduction
:he poultry breeder was greatly at sea
ind there was entirely too much guess- '
work. For instance, the problem of
increased egg production was solved on
i "hit-or-miss" plan. Breeders select
ed such birds as, in their opinion,
showed the best laying qualities, and
while in some cases they succeeded in
picking out the cream of the flock, in
many instances they were misled. Re
peated experiments with the trap nest
proved the fact that in many cases the
best layer in the flock is about the
poorest specimen in outward markings.
Two years ago I discovered that the
finest hen that was fit to exhibit, only
laid ll eggs during the entire year. Is
such a hen worth keeping? In the
same pen a hen that would be disqual
ified by any judge laid 150 eggs. The
trap nest picks out your best hens.
The poultryman's motto should be
"breed from the best."
The trap nest arrests the egg eat
er. Sentence should be pronounced
upon such at once. It picks out the
drones, enabled you to get ride of un
profitable stock. It not only selects
your best layers, but it gives their
record It avoids crowding in the nest,
guarding against breakage of eggs. It
tells which arc your best winter lay
ers, which hens lay the most fertile
eggs, the most perfectly shaped eggs,
and which are your brown egg layers.
Other advantages trat might be men
tioned are that by frequently hand
ling, as is thc case by taking hens off
the nest, -the hens become more tame
and are less likely to scare. All poul
try breeders know that excited hens
- e unprofitable layers. By handling
hens, too, the breeder is able to quick
ly determine the fowl's condition, note
the first signs of sickness or injury.
In short, by the use of the trap nest
the breeder can keep in touch with the
individual hen, now her good and bad
qualities, and satisfy himself of her
general condition. I know of no other
system that will give such practical
lessons as these nests, and the com
mon verdict by all who have used
them, is that the only guidepost to
successful work, and building up of a
profitable strain, is by the careful use
of some well-devised trap.-Michael K.
Boyer in American Agriculturalist.
A Klnjc'd Royal Stable.
The King of Italy possesses some of
the most valuable horses in the world.
In his stable are 200 horses, and the
double row of stalls forms a regular
street. Each animal has its name
printed in large white letters above its
manger. One of the most valued of
all is the horse which was formerly
ridden by the late King Humbert
Krait and Fowl?.
Large quantities of fruit and fowls
are being sent to the Transvaal from
Natal. Nearly every moruing a train
leaves Durban loaded.
A newly invented fountain throws
rice grains and glass balls under the
play of colored electric lights.
Whenever I see a little boy
Dressed up like a young Lord Fauntleroy,
With ruffles, and ribbons, and rings, and
A nd tblugs that are only flt for girls,
I'm ns sorry for him as I can be;
And I pity him too, for I know that ho
Is either tho namby-pamby kind,
Or hts mother is a-well, never mind.
-Edward Salisbury Field, in Liie.
Nell-She's the stingiest girl I
know. Belle-That's right She won't
even give away a secret.
Blobbs-There goes a fellow who
knows the lay of the land. Slobbs
What is he? Blobbs-An egg dealer.
Flatter-Your boy, I hear, is a deep
student. Popley-He's always at the
bottom of his class, If that's what you
Hoax-I know a man who had his
leg amputated and buried. Joax-It
must be uncomfortable to feel that you
have one foot in the grave.
The Bear-Mr. Fox, why is it that
chickens tickle your palate so? The
Fox-H'm! I guess it's because I gen
erally eat them with their feathers on.
Wigg-I thought you told me you
were in the iron business, and now you
say you have started ? laundry. Wagg
-Well, that's an iron business, isn't
"How is it you're late this morning?"
inquired thc employer. "I sprained my
ankle on the way to work," answered
the employe. "Huh! That's a lame ex
"The only objection to this house is
that it has no bath," said the prospec
tive tenant. "That's no drawback," re
turned the glib agent, "there's water in
"I tell you that poet is a genius."
"A genius? Why, his stuff is the worst
I ever read." "I know." "But why do
you call him a genius?" "Because he
succeeds in selling it"
Great Dane-Ever since that dog
learned of his long pedigree be has
affected a new bark. The Bull-Ah! I '
suppose you might call that the bark
from his genealogical tree.
"I haven't had a square meal for a
week," began the dusty pilgrim.
"Neither have I," blurted out the well
dressed man as he started to slam the
door. "What do you expect in house
"Georgo, dear, I don't believe you
love me any more," sighed the tender
maiden. "Why, my darling!" the
youth protested. "Well," "sobbed the
maiden, "it only t-t-took you 15 ra
in-minutes to say good-bye 1-1-last
"You can't eat your cake and have
it, too," said the second-hand philos
ODher. "I drm** J/?w--J--1_?*.-> .
"Why do men flock after the wid
ows?" "Because," explained the sweet
young thing, not without a touch of
bitterness, "the average man lacks con
fidence in his own judgment, and in tho
case of a widow he feels that he is
merely backing the judgment of an
Two Intellicent Hobin*.
The following incident seems too
remarkable to be true, and yet it ls
vouched for by a writer whose word
should not be doubted. Two robins
were trying to teach their little one
to fly. It attempted to cover too great
a distance and fell to the ground. My
little boy caugut it and I told him
tr put it on the roof of our side porch.
Then he and I watched to see what
the old birds would do. They flut
tered about the yard for a while and
then flew off. We waited for them to
return, but they did not, and I had
just made up my mind that they had
deserted the young one when I saw
them coming, accompanied by a third
old one. They flew directly to the
roof of the porch, and I saw that one
o? them had a piece of twine in Its bill.
And what do you suppose they did
-next?-=if I had not seen it I never
would have believed it. Two of them
caught hold of the twine, one at each
end, and the little one caught the
middle of it in his bill. Then they
flew off the porch, the third robin fly
ing under the little one and support
ing it on his back.-Minneapolis
Buoy "Which I? Never Silent.
Between 400 and 500 buoys are need
ed for the harbors on the Cuban coast.
The gas bill for a modern gas buoy ls
about 7 cents a day. Some important
improvements have recently been made
in these buoys. The new buoy has a
device by which the escaping gas rings
a bell every 15 seconds. A great deal
of trouble bas been experienced in the
past. A lighted buoy could not be
seen in the fog. Then a bell buoy was
needed. When there is a fog the sea
is apt to be smooth and then the bell
buoy is of no service.
By the new method tho warnings can
be kept up night and day, in fait
weather and in foul weather. It is a
little more expensive than the old way,
but more satisfactory. The lighted
buoy costs about $25 a year, and with
the bell attachment about $50 a year.
The United States government pays
the bill-Washington Post.
Many 1'eors Not Gentlemen.
According to a London cable in the
the New York Herald. The Ancestor, a
new genealogical quarterly, contains
an article by Sir George Sitwell on
"The English Gentleman," in which
he maintains that a gentleman is not a
person of heraldic status who. is en
titled to bear arms, but a freeman,
whose ancestors always have been free.
He makes the somewhat startling
statement that quite 20 percent of Brit
ish peers are not gentlemen.
The vint will not grow at a greatem
height than 2000 feet above the sea,
nor the oak above 3250 feet. The hr,
however, ilonirshes up to nearly 7000